The suspect in last week’s shooting at Taft Union High School is being charged as an adult, District Attorney Lisa Green said at a Monday morning news conference.
Suspect Bryan Oliver, 16, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a firearm in the wounding of one student and the targeting of another, and one count of assault with a firearm in the wounding of teacher Ryan Heber, the district attorney said.
“Every shooting at a school is difficult,” Green said of prosecutors’ work. She said the case was approached like any other high-profile case, and she is comfortable with prosecutors’ decision.
While sheriff’s deputies continue gathering evidence, Green said, “We feel we have been given a very thorough briefing.”
By law, a case had to be filed by 9 a.m. Monday. The suspect remains in juvenile hall after authorities said he showed up late to his first-period science class Thursday and opened fire with a shotgun, critically wounding Bowe Cleveland, 16. Cleveland was airlifted to Kern Medical Center and underwent surgery last week for wounds to his abdominal and chest area.
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